Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Promise to Love - Serena B. Miller

It was an absolute pleasure reading this novel from Serena B. Miller.  Since I had never read one of her books before, I really didn't know what to expect.  The story was compelling, realistic, and very well-researched.  As the story developed it continued to get better and better.
The main character, Ingrid, is a Swedish immigrant that impulsively agrees to marry a widower in order that he does not lose custody of his children.  She is resourceful, industrious, and quickly brings his home into a state of organization and productivity.  However, as grateful as he is to Ingrid for all her help, he cannot bring himself to love her.  This breaks Ingrid's heart many times over, but she perseveres giving only her very best throughout the book.
When I reached the end of the novel I read the author's note.  It appears that the author's own grandmother was the inspiration for this novel.  Life was so difficult, and the real-life account of the Michigan fire added to the heartache.  As with many true stories, the reality is sobering.  However, the author has written a fictional novel, and has included encouragement, high points, and ultimately gives this story a happy ending.
I highly recommend "A Promise to Love" by Serena B. Miller, and I will personally be keeping an eye out for more of her novels.
Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
This book was a complimentary copy given to my by the publisher in exchange for an objective review.

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